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Passion fruit

passion fruitThe most important variety of the passion fruit in the European market is the "purple granadilla" (sold under the name passion fruit), cultivated in tropical heights and in the subtropics in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Colombia. The fruit is round to roundish and has a diameter of 3.5 - 5 cm.

During the ripening process, the fruit changes from greenish brown to purple violet. The orange yellow pulp has the most elegant and balanced aroma and it is eaten preferably fresh. Passion fruit is year-round available. Fresh passion fruit contains a lot of Vitamin A and C, potassium and iron.


Leading brands:

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Bally Exports started in 1986. Their first passion fruit crops were grown in 1988 and they have been in production since then. They were the first company in the world to get Globalgap certification for Passion fruit in 1997. They also have Smeta (last audited 2016) and Tesco Nurture and are well in control of the European client requirements.

Bally takes great pride in the work they have done to turn the production into a very eco friendly environment. All the irrigation system is from rain fed dams (reservoirs) with the use of drip irrigation to conserve water. They follow a pulse irrigation system so that small quantities of fertilizer are injected directly to sustain plant growth as required. 

They presently produce in excess of 400 tons of natural compost per annum from crop prunings. The use of compost has greatly reduced the fertilizer usage, and has resulted in healthy more natural plants that require a fraction of the sprays they required 20 years ago. They have done a lot of research with a Kenyan company Dudutech, to turn the spraying systems into a form of biological control. The staff at Bally Exports attend regular IPM training courses with this Dudutech promoting “environmentally intelligent farming”, and they have full confidence in the product they deliver in this respect.

Bally Exports is in production for 52 weeks of the year, but naturally they have their peaks and troughs. They plant annually which is expensive, but this ensures healthy plants that don’t require a lot of sprays.

They have two dips in the production cycle caused by temperature spikes. October heat waves increase flower drop so they have a dip from around January 20th to February 20th. The June/July cold spell and frost reduces production from September 10th to October 20th. The rest of the year they are covered.

Bally will, in most cases, pack to your specifications, unless they cannot get certain packaging types from South Africa, which is where they source the majority of their packaging. 

They currently packs the following pack sizes

- 2 kg loose

- 2 / 3 / or 4 fruit in a bag

- 6 fruit in a punnet

They are able to print generic labels with or without bar codes.

They flies the majority of the product direct to Amsterdam as well as London. The option of sea freight is available during May, June and July, using Xtend bags to improve the shelf life. Transit time is just over 3 weeks.

Marketing into Europe to the majority of the clients has been done with PMC since 1994 and so PMC has priority on product. Bally Exports was their first client and a good strong relationship remains.  PMC assists Bally Exports in many ways with packaging, marketing, freight and sending the odd urgent product they require for the operation.

Loose product

2kg carton – (net fruit weight)

Gross weight for freight purposes – approx 2.3kg

Same size as a 2kg pea carton

Counts may vary through the season – mostly count 39-45

Packed with or without Xtend bag

Brand of box – bally

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2kg carton – (net fruit weight)

Gross weight for freight purposes – approx 2.3kg

Same size as a 2kg pea carton

Counts may vary through the season – mostly count 48 - 55

Brand of box – imba

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Ester (seasonal) 2kg carton – (net fruit weight)

Gross weight for freight purposes – approx 2.3kg

Option to pack with Xtend bag

Brand of box – Kiss

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Pre-packed Product

6 Fruit Punnets

code PP10

10 punnets per box. 100 boxes per skid

10 x 250g punnets = 2.5kg (net fruit weight)

Gross weight for freight purposes – approx 3.4kg

Brand of box – bally produce

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4 Fruit Punnets

code PP30

30 punnets per box.  55 boxes per skid

30 x 170g punnets = 5.1kg (net fruit weight)

Gross weight for freight purposes – approx 7.6kg

Brand of box – bally produce

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2, 3 or 3 Fruit Bags

Our code PP72

Variation of bags per box per box.  55 boxes per skid

Gross weight for freight purposes – approx 10.95kg

Brand of box – bally produce

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Passion fruit in the orchard

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The pack house facility in Zimbabwe

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The product ready to leave Harare Airport handling and cold room facility

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